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11:55 AM ET, April 9, 2010

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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Breaking: Stupak Will Retire  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) plans to announce his retirement today, Democrats briefed on his decision said.  Stupak, the leader of a pro-life faction within his party, had received death threats and was under intense political pressure after he agreed to support …
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The Politico:
Stupak to retire, putting seat in play  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who had a central role in the health reform fight as the leader of anti-abortion Democrats, plans to announce Friday that he will not run for reelection, a Democratic official said.  Without Stupak on the ballot …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bart Stupak to retire  —  Michigan Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak will not seek reelection this fall, a decision that comes hard on his front-and-center (and controversial) role in the recent passage of President Barack Obama's health-care legislation.  —  Stupak confirmed his decision …
Washington Post:
Anger over health-care reform spurs rise in threats against Congress members  —  Anger over the health-care overhaul has led to a nearly threefold increase in recent months in the number of serious threats against members of Congress, federal law enforcement officials said.
The Caucus:
Rep. Stupak Expected to Retire
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens retiring  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, says he is retiring.  President Barack Obama now has his second high court opening to fill.
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Justice John Paul Stevens to retire from court in June  —  Justice John Paul Stevens, the longest-serving member of the current Supreme Court and the leader of its liberal wing, announced his retirement today, giving President Obama his second chance to make a mark on the nation's highest court.
The Hill:
Justice Stevens to retire ‘in the best interests’ of the Supreme Court
Discussion: ABCNEWS and AMERICAblog News
CNN:
It's official: Justice Stevens to retire from Supreme Court
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Justice Stevens retiring
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Who will Obama nominate to replace Stevens?
Discussion: The Hill
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Justice Stevens Will Retire This Summer
The Huffington Post:
Stephanopoulos Defends Asking Obama About Palin Critique  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos is defending his decision to ask President Barack Obama to respond to Sarah Palin's criticism of his nuclear non-proliferation policy, after several observers questioned …
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Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
President Obama questions Sarah Palin's nuclear acumen  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday made clear he was not going to take advice from Republican Sarah Palin when it comes to decisions about the U.S. nuclear arsenal.  —  Palin, the former vice presidential candidate …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WRONG QUESTION, RIGHT ANSWER.... President Obama sat down with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for an exclusive interview in Prague yesterday, on the heels of the president signing in a new arms treaty with Russia.  The interview, portions of which were aired this morning on “Good Morning America …
Karen Travers / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: President Obama on Nukes, Palin, Confederacy and Iran  —  Obama Brushes Back Criticism from Former Alaska Governor, Questions Virginia Civil War Controversy  —  After signing the historic nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia, President Obamapushed back in an interview with ABC News …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs. Palin: ‘Not... nuclear expert’
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Gingrich: Obama is ‘most radical president ever’  —  NEW ORLEANS - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, called Barack Obama on Thursday “the most radical president in American history” who oversees a “secular, socialist machine.”
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Newt Gingrich: We Need a President, Not an Athlete
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Gingrich on this Congress: ‘We will repeal virtually everything they did’
Discussion: CNN, Think Progress and msnbc.com
David Weigel / Right Now:
Liz Cheney: Obama should stop ‘dressing down’ Karzai
WCBS-TV:
Union Memo Hints At Gov.'s Death  —  Teachers Union's Memo The Latest Salvo In War Of Words With Gov. Christie  —  HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBS) ― New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't laughing about a teachers union's memo that hints of his death.  —  The memo is the latest salvo in a war …
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and protein wisdom
Wall Street Journal:
Big Banks Mask Risk Levels  —  Quarter-End Loan Figures Sit 42% Below Peak, Then Rise as New Period Progresses; SEC Review  —  Major banks have masked their risk levels in the past five quarters by temporarily lowering their debt just before reporting it to the public, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Learning From Greece  —  The debt crisis in Greece is approaching the point of no return.  As prospects for a rescue plan seem to be fading, largely thanks to German obduracy, nervous investors have driven interest rates on Greek government bonds sky-high, sharply raising the country's borrowing costs.
Ezra Klein:
What makes NPR (and the Economist) so special?  —  I've been thinking a bit about this NPR graph that's been floating around.  I wish it included another data point: The Economist magazine.  Their explosive growth over the last decade is well known, but consider that the publication had a record year in 2009.
 
 
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